BASF has developed enhanced thermocouple designs that use 20 – 40% less precious metal than their traditional equivalents.
These designs use high strength materials that allow for the use of less precious metal without sacrificing, form, fit or function of the thermocouple.
These novel designs can be used in Forehearth, Crown and Bottom applications.
Fibro thermocouple wire was first introduced to the market in the early 1960’s after initially being developed by Engelhard Corporation, later to be acquired by BASF.
Since then, Fibro has taken great strides through further development, eventually becoming a market standard among global customers who seek longer useful life of their high-value thermocouples.
Fibro was initially developed to achieve better longevity over that of standard Type R & S thermocouple wires.
BASF’s research and development group’s subsequent experience in precious metal technologies resulted in achieving tighter emf tolerances, enabling higher measurement standards.
Fibro wire is used in the most demanding industrial applications that require the greatest calibration stability, increased effective life of the thermocouple and optimised cost, including the opportunity to light-weight the device.
Pictured: A examples of grain growth in wires at high temperatures, resulting in slippage and wire breakage.